Makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
4th March 2011: Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie has expressed hope that safe passage will be provided to refugees, in particular the ones fleeing Ivory Coast and Libya.
The actress, who has been bringing out the plight of refugees and has a temple named after, expressed the hope after she made a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
Agence France Presse said Jolie met with hundreds of refugees for two days; and called on to the international community to initiate more steps for reintegrating former exiles into the Afghan society.
She was quoted by the AFP as saying in a statement released by the UN agency that the focus was required to be put on reintegration and that meant not just putting up shelter but making sure there was water, job opportunities, a school for the children and medical clinics.
Quoting the UNHCR, the AFP said millions of Afghans have returned to the country in the past decade. In fact, an estimated 5.5 million people were reportedly back to the war-torn country since the Taliban was overpowered by the US-led invasion in 2002.
Only recently refugees in Bosnia received support from celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
For underscoring the abuses suffered by women and children refugees, also Jolie traveled jungle roads to a village on Ecuador’s border with Colombia
Jolie trekked down to remote border hamlet of Barranca Bermeja and she met a woman who had lost two children in Colombia’s internal conflict. During her visit, many more narrated their tragic stories through interpreters.